Tom Ford kicked off New York Fashion week last night with a collection that was stripped of what is considered ‘trends’, and instead focused on beautiful garments.
In a statement, the designer said: “ I feel that fashion has somehow lost it’s way a bit and it is easy for all of us to be swept up in trends that have lost touch with what women and men want to actually wear. So I did not want to make clothes that were ironic, or clever but simply clothes that were beautiful.”
Sensual, glamorous, luxurious and romantic.
There was plenty of classic black, but it’s the skintone and neautral hues that stood out. “Flesh colours are sensual and have a warmth and humanity that I think that we all crave at the moment. Warm white, powder blue and the palest of lilacs and blush pink are important colours in the collection,” said Ford.
“Fabrics alternate between the softness and romance of lace, chiffon, georgette and even the lightest stretch leather, and the structure of harder leathers and fabrics, and the sheen of fake crocodile. Chiffon, leather and lace play off of each other in this contrast of hard and soft,” he adds.
He played with hard and soft silhouettes and blended them together to create sophisticated ensembles, for example the soft flowing dresses with structured jackets or soft skirts with corseted tops. There’s a sense of vulnerability, but with a determined attitude and of course plenty of after dark glamour when it comes to eveningwear. That feel spilled into the men’s pieces: “Both collections are unified in colour, mood and a certain romance,” he said.
The boxy fake croc jackets made a statement, but it’s the styling with the headscarves that gave the collection a modern personality.